POLICY AND STRUCTURAL ARRANGEMENTS AFFECTING THE GLOBAL MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR MALAWI’S SOYA AND SOYA PRODUCTS

Soya production in Malawi is dominated by smallholder farmers with limited access to market information and who are also faced with lack of access to improved varieties. The local market is highly fragmented and largely disorganised. Despite the availability of ready market in India, the competitiveness of Malawi exporters’ is being undermined by high freight costs and low soya grain quality. Policies to improve market institutional innovations through the use of farmer organization, commodity exchange, provision of market information, and farmer capacity building have the potential of improving the competitiveness of the producers.

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PIGEON PEA OFFERS MALAWI FOREX BOOST

Pigeon peaPigeon Peas can be a breakthrough for Malawi to boost its foreign exchange earnings if the country explores global market opportunities, it has been noted.

Out of the total production of Pigeon Peas in Africa, Malawi produces the largest quantity with over 200,000 metric tons per year followed by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

NO EASY WALK FOR RICE FARMERS IN ABSENCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Rice Jayson Phiri, treasurer for Msenjere Rice Growers Association in Nkhotakota, talks with enthusiasm and vigour, quoting feats of the association since the clubs formation in 2011/12 farming season.

From 150 members (90 males and 60 females) then, the association membership has grown steadily to 510 who each cultivate a 0.2 hectare.

MZIMBA NOT READY WITH DISASTER CONTINGENCY PLAN

FloodsDespite being hit at least five times by natural disasters recently, as well as being rated second on the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committe (MVAC) index, Mzimba District is yet to develop a disaster contingency plan (DCP).

This development puts vast populations susceptible to post- disaster consequences.